Eight-year-old Noah Aldrich and six-year-old Lucas do everything together... watch cartoons, play video games, bike, and take walks around the neighborhood. The two brothers from Boise, Idaho love the outdoors and enjoy a very active life.
But this would be almost impossible for Lucas without the support and love of his big brother Noah. That's because Lucas has a rare neurological condition called lissencephaly. This means that Lucas will never be able to walk, talk, or eat on his own. But this doesn't stop these brothers!
Ever since Lucas was born, the brothers have been the best of friends. They are always together; Noah includes Lucas in everything he does. So when Noah heard about a YMCA Kids Club Program that included a kids' triathlon, he never thought about doing it alone. He wanted to do it with his brother, of course!
It took lots of training and hard work to get ready, but Noah didn't give up. Then the big day arrived! The first part of the race was the 200 meter swim. Noah towed his brother in an inflatable raft tied to a cord around his waist. Then he pulled him along as he biked the 3 miles of the next leg. Tired out but still determined, Noah and Lucas jogged the last mile of the race with Noah pushing Lucas in a stroller.
They finished in just over 54 minutes. Noah was so happy to get to do the race with Lucas. "I like everything about him, he's perfect," Noah said about his little brother.